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CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The health office here and in the province of Misamis Oriental have intensified anew their monitoring and response to coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

In an update on Monday, Dr. Israel Peralta, head of the Misamis Oriental health office, said the province has 63 active Covid-19 cases, of
which 16 patients were admitted to hospitals.

“We have 23 percent Covid beds (currently occupied) in our eight provincial hospitals, with 70 beds available,” Peralta said.

The provincial government is also closely watching the situation in Gingoog City, which he said can become an “epicenter” of most Covid-19 cases.

Peralta said more batches of personal protective equipment and other medical supplies have been supplied in the area.

For Covid-19 immunization, he said 77 percent of the target population in the province have been administered with two doses of primary shots, and 44 percent with booster doses.

The province has about 956,900 population as of 2020, based on data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

Meanwhile, Dr. Rachel Dilla, head of the City Health Office (CHO), said they have also intensified the vaccination drive in the communities as a response to the rising cases here.

“We have fixed (vaccination) sites, as well as teams going to offices. Some teams go to houses, especially for those senior citizens who can no longer go out frequently,” Dilla said.

Dilla said they are encouraging those who are eligible to take the booster doses because different subvariants are mutating and the initial doses may not be enough for the changing SARS-Cov-2 virus, the causative agent of Covid-19.

 The city currently has 204 active Covid-19 cases.

Despite the increasing cases, Dr. Teodoro Yu Jr., the CHO medical officer, said the cases have not reached the one percent threshold compared to the last year's spike in Covid-19 cases. (PNA)